Wide receiver Pierre Garcon and strong safety Brandon Meriweather will indeed play for the Washington Redskins Sunday as they host the Philadelphia Eagles.
Both injured players had managed to make it through a full week of practice, and they, as well as coach Mike Shanahan, said Friday that barring setbacks, they anticipated playing against the Eagles.
Garcon has missed six of his team’s nine games with a torn ligament in the second toe of his right foot. The team’s top free agent signing of the year, Garcon has missed the last four games as he tries to let the toe heal.
Meriweather, meanwhile, has yet to play a game for the Redskins. He was signed during the offseason to bring stability to a strong safety position plagued by injuries the last two seasons. Meriweather strained the MCL and PCL in his left knee during the preseason, and twice re-injured the knee while prepring to make his debut.
Both players will try to provide a spark for struggling units. Both will start.
Inactive for the Redskins today are quarterback Rex Grossman, offensive linemen Maurice Hurt and Adam Gettis, cornerback Richard Crawford, defensive end Doug Worthington, linebacker Mario Addison and receiver Dezmon Briscoe.